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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Canadian pop singer-songwriter was mixed by Rob Schnapf.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Jan 24, 2020
    100
    Andy Shauf’s new songs are fictional but feel oh so real, especially if you live in Toronto and even more especially if you live in Parkdale and frequent Skyline, the diner where most of the Toronto-based musician’s new album takes place. ... There are new melodic and rhythmic risks taken.
  2. Jan 24, 2020
    90
    Shauf's ability to imbue his characters with plenty of nuance, quirk, charm and flaw in brisk scenes is impressive enough, but his need to craft full worlds around them put him head and shoulders above his peers.
  3. Jan 28, 2020
    81
    The Neon Skyline is another pleasant journey lovingly crafted by Shauf. He has once again proven himself to be up there with maple syrup, Ryan Gosling and Schitt’s Creek as one of Canada’s greatest exports.
  4. Jan 23, 2020
    80
    Using minimal detail, the individual songs work both separately and as chapters of a larger piece. Shauf performed, arranged, and produced every song on The Neon Skyline. Thus, there is a unity to the whole affair—and a tenderness.
  5. Jan 27, 2020
    80
    Even at his most open, there's still this sense that his character-driven songs wouldn't exist without revealing the backstory of his Canadian roots. His sentiments are more palpable and poignant, but his approach is as casual as always.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 23, 2020
    80
    The Neon Skyline stands up as a great collection of moodily atmospheric songs. [Mar 2020, p.120]
  7. Mojo
    Jan 23, 2020
    60
    Shauf is as musically jaunty as Josh Rouse. [Mar 2020, p.92]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Jan 26, 2020
    10
    Just a stellar record from a artist that's certainly earned all his accolades and more than lives up to the billing.
  2. Jan 24, 2020
    10
    The best album of the year already. Wonderful storytelling, witty writing, wonderful arrangements and expert song writing, this album willThe best album of the year already. Wonderful storytelling, witty writing, wonderful arrangements and expert song writing, this album will make you laugh, cry, dance, and leave you wanting to listen to it again and again. Shauf is a modern day master that deserves more than the media gives him. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2020
    9
    An album with incredible singles, which I played on repeat for months prior to the album coming out... but then when you hear the songs withinAn album with incredible singles, which I played on repeat for months prior to the album coming out... but then when you hear the songs within the context of the album they become all the more poignant, and even devastating. The album stays true to its story, with every verse building on the last, and when you ultimately realize the back story to the breezy pop of "Try Again", the song morphs from a light romp to a deep meditation on relationships and how we treat and disappoint eachother. "The moon" had me in tears on my first close listen to the album. Really a treat. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2020
    9
    Shauf proves his prowess with story telling on The Neon Skyline (TNS). From the first note your'e taken on a journey of a simple story withShauf proves his prowess with story telling on The Neon Skyline (TNS). From the first note your'e taken on a journey of a simple story with lots of emotional moments. TNS is equally as good when digested with headphones, as singles on a playlist, or as background music. This will definitely be one of the best albums of 2020. Top Tracks: Fire Truck, Neon Skyline, Things I Do, Living Room Expand